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6:10 PM ET, October 14, 2009


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Adam Schefter / ESPN:
Sources: Checketts to drop Limbaugh  —  Rush Limbaugh is expected to be dropped from a group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams, according to three NFL sources.  —  Dave Checketts, chairman of the NHL's St. Louis Blues and the point man in the Limbaugh group attempting to buy the Rams …
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Okay, Prove You Didn't Say It!  — By: Mark Steyn  —  For some reason, Rush Limbaugh's mooted purchase of a sports franchise has prompted CNN and others to distribute far and wide what appear to be entirely fabricated racist quotes by Rush.  As Tim Blair points out: … Just so.  What's the theory here?
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Limbaugh fires back at ‘fool’ Jackson Lee for NFL floor speech  —  Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday fired back at a House Democrat who has called on the National Football League (NFL) not to let him buy the St. Louis Rams.  —  On his radio show, Limbaugh said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Robert Schmidt / Bloomberg:
Geithner Aides Reaped Millions Working for Banks, Hedge Funds  —  Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Some of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's closest aides, none of whom faced Senate confirmation, earned millions of dollars a year working for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other Wall Street firms …
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Still on the Job, but at Half the Pay  —  MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — The dark blue captain's hat, with its golden oak-leaf clusters, sits atop a bookcase in Bryan Lawlor's home, out of reach of the children.  The uniform their father wears still displays the four stripes of a commercial airline captain, but the hat stays home.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Snowe: Public option could be dealbreaker  —  The public option is likely a deal breaker for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the sole Republican who voted for healthcare reform in the Finance Committee yesterday.  —  In a number of interviews this morning, Snowe, whose vote is seen as crucial …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Daisy Chain of Cheneys  —  I imagine that if you called the new consulting firm of Cheney, Cheney & Cheney and got put on hold, you'd hear the “Ghostbusters” theme: … It's hard to believe that the Bush dynasty, which limped away in disgrace after smashing our economy and the globe, has spawned another political dynasty.
Discussion: Washington Post
Daniel W. Drezner:
So it turns out that Arab sheikhs understand the meaning of “chutzpah”
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Poll shows Specter staring at ‘near fatal’ 31 percent re-election figure  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  HARRISBURG — Only 31 percent of Pennsylvania voters believe Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter should be re-elected, and 59 percent believe it's time to give someone else a chance, a state poll released today shows.
Transcript: Hillary Clinton Interview  —  America's Top Diplomat Talks With ‘Nightline’ in Exclusive Interview in Moscow  —  The following is an edited transcript of ABC News' Cynthia McFadden's interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Moscow, Oct. 14, 2009
Discussion: The Swamp
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Clinton: I'd have hired Obama
Discussion: The Hill and marbury
Wall Street Journal:
An Apartment Complex Teeters  —  High-Profile Tishman/BlackRock Property in New York in Danger of Default  —  The giant Stuyvesant Town apartment complex on Manhattan's East Side, shown Tuesday, was developed by MetLife for World War II veterans.  —  One of the biggest …
Megan McArdle:
Democrats Try to Hit the Insurance Industry Where it Hurts  —  Harry Reid is telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that the real reason health insurance is so expensive is that they're evil monopolists, and we need to repeal their anti-trust exemption:
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Curious Resignation Of Robert Wexler  —  Today, Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), a well-regarded young congressman with a good job and enough seniority to ensure that he is comfortable, will announce his resignation from the House of Representatives.  The reason: he intends to perform other work in a “public policy” capacity.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House Republicans accuse Muslim group of trying to plant spies  —  Four House Republicans are accusing a Muslim advocacy group of trying to plant spies on Capitol Hill.  —  Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus said the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
The Washington Post Has a Tenuous Grasp on Idea of ‘Incivility’  —  I missed this ridiculous A-1 encapsulation of the media's summer of hand-wringing on Sunday, but it's worth reading for a crystal-clear look at the world view within major media.  The opening anecdote for “In Today's Viral World, Who Keeps a Civil Tongue?,” is telling.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Steele: I'm The ‘Cow On The Tracks’ Trying To Block The Health Care Train  —  Today on Fox News, RNC Chairman Michael Steele railed against Democratic efforts to reform health care and said how proud he was that Republicans have stalled action.  “They told us in June that there would be a health care bill …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Nelson: 'I Don't Know' If I Could Support A Health Care Bill Without Snowe
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Daniel Strauss
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Health Insurers Emerge as Obama's Top Foe in Reform Effort  —  Now they have an enemy.  —  For months, President Obama and his administration waged their fight for a health-care overhaul without a clear opponent, even courting the industry executives and interest groups that helped kill reform efforts 15 years ago.
Washington Wire:
Palin Plans New Political Group  —  Michael M. Phillips reports on the doings of conservative favorite Sarah Palin.  —  Sarah Palin fans can expect to see a new Palin political organization surface as her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” hits the shelves next month.
Discussion: New York Post, Hot Air and Tammy Bruce
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Stanley McChrystal's Long War  —  Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal stepped off the whirring Black Hawk and headed straight into town.  He had come to Garmsir, a dusty outpost along the Helmand River in southern Afghanistan, to size up the war that President Obama has asked him to save.
Daily Number: 15% - America's Health Care is ... Fairly Average  —  Only 15% of Americans believe that the U.S. has the best health care in the world.  Read more  —  THE TOP STORY INDEX  —  New Media Index  —  Celebrity Jeopardy: Polanski on Blogs  —  8 Oct 09 The Roman Polanski saga …
Jenna Greene / The BLT:
FTC Reassures Bloggers - Big Brother Isn't Watching  —  Bloggers of the world, relax - the Federal Trade Commission is not out to get you.  That was the message from Mary Engle, associate director for advertising practices at the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner downplays Dow 10,000  —  Dow 10,000 just isn't that big a deal, House Republican leader John Boehner said Wednesday morning.  —  And anyone who places significance on the stock market hitting this symbolic number is “certainly not talking to the American people.”
Poll: 51.8% plan to vote no on question 1  —  in - Central Maine Newspapers - Portland Press Herald  —  According to new poll data, 51.8 percent of people who plan to vote in November say they will vote no or are leaning in that direction on question 1, the people's veto of Maine's same-sex marriage law.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and D-Day
Apartment residents told to take down U.S. flags  —  Residents of the Oaks Apartments in Albany have reportedly been told to take down their flags.  Even this one, on the back of a motorcycle, is part of the reported ban.  —  ALBANY, Ore. - At the Oaks Apartments in Albany …
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Perils of a Talking Head  —  Anyone who regularly does TV interviews knows that one is always required to do a pre-interview in which a producer feels you out as to what you will say in response to certain hypothetical questions.  It would be simpler if they just came out and said …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Free exchange
Sean Higgins / Investor's Business Daily:
Americans, In Reversal, Now Back Afghan Troop Surge  —  As President Obama mulls the military's request for a big troop build-up in Afghanistan, Americans have swung in favor of such a move, according to a new IBD/TIPP Poll.  —  The survey of 927 adults found that a plurality of 48% favors sending …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Why GOP Leader Opposes Hate Crimes Protections for Gays  —  Last week, House Republican Leader John Boehner objected to House passage of a bill that would expand hate crime laws and make it a federal crime to assault people on the basis of their sexual orientation.
Marist Poll:
10/14: President Obama's Approval Rating at 53%...Loses More Ground Among Independents  —  President Barack Obama maintains the support of a majority of registered voters nationwide.  However, he continues to slide in the eyes of Independent voters.  Currently, 53% of voters approve of the job …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Reid's Office Pushes Back, Says Lefty Campaign Against Him Is Non-Starter
Alex Massie / Spectator:
President David Petraeus?
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama's critical moment approaches
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
It's On: CBS News Investigates Letterman Scandal
Darya Korsunskaya / Reuters:
Russia's Putin warns against intimidating Iran
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Huckabee speaks to N.Y. Conservative Party in midst of special election
Conrad Black / National Review:
The Obama Fiasco  —  The whole Obama era to date has been wasted …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Israpundit